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UEFA Champions League group stage draw: who is where?

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw takes place on Thursday at 18:00CET. Check out which teams are already confirmed in which pots.

The UEFA Champions League group stage draw takes place on Thursday at 18:00CET, streamed live in UEFA DrawCentre, which will have all the build-up from Monaco and across Europe.

Which teams are in which pots?

Pot 1 consists of the holders (Real Madrid) and the champions of the top-seven ranked nations at the end of 2014/15 (when the 2016/17 access list was set).

Pot 1: Real Madrid (ESP, holders), Barcelona (ESP), Leicester City (ENG), Bayern München (GER), Juventus (ITA), Benfica (POR), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), CSKA Moscow (RUS)

The remaining three pots are decided by each team’s UEFA club coefficient as of the end of last season.

The below teams are confirmed in their pot:

Pot 2: Atlético Madrid (ESP), Borussia Dortmund (GER), Arsenal (ENG), Sevilla (ESP), Napoli (ITA), Bayer Leverkusen (GER)

Pot 3: Dynamo Kyiv (UKR), Lyon (FRA), PSV Eindhoven (NED), Sporting CP (POR)

Pot 4: Beşiktaş (TUR)

The following teams are confirmed in the group stage but will only discover their pot after the play-offs end on Wednesday

Pot 2 or 3: Basel (SUI), Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

Basel will be in Pot 2 if either Manchester City or Porto are knocked out in the play-offs. Spurs will be in Pot 2 if both City and Porto are knocked out.

Pot 3 or 4: Club Brugge (BEL)

The remaining ten slots will be confirmed after the play-offs.

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No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.

Following a decision by the UEFA Executive Committee, Ukrainian and Russian teams cannot be drawn against each other.

The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League.

The draw ceremony includes the vote for and presentation of the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Awards for men and women.

All details subject to final confirmation of UEFA after the play-offs

When are the draws?

25/08/16: Group stage

12/12/16: Round of 16

17/03/17: Quarter-finals

21/04/17: Semi-finals

When are the matches?

13–14/09/16: Group stage, matchday one 

27–28/09/16: Group stage, matchday two 

18–19/10/16: Group stage, matchday three 

01–02/11/16: Group stage, matchday four 

22–23/11/16: Group stage, matchday five 

06–07/12/16: Group stage, matchday six 

14–15/02/17 and 21–22/02/17: Round of 16, first leg 

07–08/03/17 and 14–15/03/17: Round of 16, second leg 

11–12/04/17: Quarter-finals, first leg 

18–19/04/17: Quarter-finals, second leg 

02–03/05/17: Semi-finals, first leg 

09–10/05/17: Semi-finals, second leg 

03/06/17: Final (National Stadium of Wales, Cardiff)

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